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You need to be able to show prospective students what you will teach them and how they will progress. A solid curriculum is a good idea, and it’s probably a good idea not to write it yourself from scratch, no matter how much you want to. There are not many people who can run a […]

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  It’s a Blue Flower! Let’s Pair Colors with Nouns. 青い花だ!色と名詞のペアを作りましょう。   With this week’s video, we use the colors, objects and phrases we’ve been studying to make simple sentences.   今週の動画では今まで勉強してきた色、物、フレーズを使って簡単な文を作ります。   Classroom Tip This is an extension of the “It’s a” chant and builds upon the Unit 2 language “It’s a flower. It’s […]

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Once you’ve opened your school, and you have a stream of new enquiries, you need to be sure you can sign them up. How will you do that? Up to now you may have been a great teacher. You now also need to be a great salesperson. You need to be able to show prospective […]

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In 1998 I wasn’t sure how long I would stay in Japan, or what direction I would go, with or without my new school. Either way, I had a busy year.   As soon as I started advertising, the phone rang often and over 80% of prospective students signed up.   I also had private […]

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Traditional Games with a Twist ちょっと変わった伝統的な遊び   This week’s activities are based on time-tested playtime games with a little something extra. 今週のアクティビティーは古き良き遊びに少しプラスアルファしてみました。   Hide and Seek Rock Scissors Paper   Students sit down and place their hands over their eyes.  T: Close your eyes.  While teacher hides two of each flashcard around the room, teacher […]

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A good location can help a school really take off; a bad one can sink it without trace, very quickly. Not only is the general area important, but the exact location within that area. What is right for your target market? If you are concentrating only on B2B and diplomatic outsourcing contracts, you will most […]

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  It’s a kinkajou! Practice a common phrase with Kinka! キンカジューだ!キンカとよくあるフレーズを練習しましょう!   “It’s a” can be a difficult word combination for young children to master, but it’s very common in English. Get some practice with it and have fun at the same time with this week’s video!   「It’s a」は、小さな子供には難しい単語のコンビネーションですが、英語ではよく使います。今週の動画で楽しみながら練習しましょう!   Classroom Tip The It’s […]

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Having made the decision to leave the shackles, or as you may yet come to see it, the safety, of regular, paid employment, new ELL entrepreneurs are faced with a decision to make about how to go forward. It may be too costly to fund the opening of a new school and start with no […]

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  I was never a particularly happy employee. In 1998, I left the last job I ever had and started my own.   I’ve had some successes and some failures, and these all led to where we are today.   This is how it started.   It was the final straw. When I asked for […]

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Games both hard and easy to engage and challenge students 生徒が楽しくチャレンジできる難易度の低い遊びと高い遊び   This week’s games range in difficulty. Try to adjust the difficulty for your students to keep them interested! 今週は難易度の幅が広いゲームをいくつかご紹介します。生徒の興味をひくようにアレンジしてくださいね!   Guessing Game   Choose a flashcard and describe it in terms of size, color, numbers, body part, and/or shapes.  T: There are 3 […]

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